In recent months I have become increasing conscious of the impact I am having on the environment. I think that one reason is because I am dating an American, a non-recycling American. Now, I am not suggesting that all Americans lack the ability to recycle however my American does. I am fairly certain that I am driving him mad with my constant nagging, “This is recyclable!”, “Can’t you see that this is the bag for recycling and this is the bag for rubbish?!”, “Please, for the love of Mother Earth, tell me you did not buy more plastic cutlery!”. It is a constant battle against old habits as he was not trained to become a recycling master as I was by a Mother as fanatical about recycling as a 15 year old Korean girl is about BTS. I am fairly sure that if our family had a motto, like the ones that stretch across the crest on a school jumper, it would be: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. As a shy pre-teen my Mother encouraged me to partake in public speaking, I think it’s safe to say it did the trick. I distinctly remember the first speech that I wrote, undoubtedly influenced if not aided by Mother, was about ways to reduce, reuse and recycle in order to save the planet. And so, here are a few swaps I have made in my life in order to reduce my waste. I have included links to the same or similar items on Amazon.
- Brita Filter. I admit that I was previously buying bottled water as most people do here in SK. Now, the only waste I create are the filters themselves but I think this is a step in the right direction. https://www.amazon.com/Brita-Small-Filter-Pitcher-Standard/dp/B01G9ADQYG/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1537927344&sr=8-8&keywords=brita+filter
- Reusble water bottle. About 6 months back I purchased a HydroFlask and I haven’t looked back. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07943NFZN/ref=twister_B07D9NYHXB?_encoding=UTF8&th=1
- Reusable cotton pads. I do have a tendancy to use a lot of cotton pads when removing make-up. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079B836R2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
- Ear pick. This eliminates the need for cotton buds. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079B836R2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
- Water flosser. This is actually really fun to use and it leaves my mouth feeling so clean. It means I don’t use floss or floss picks, I only wish I’d bought one sooner. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DQLQQ74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Shampoo/Conditioner. Avalon Organics (no GMOs, vegan, biodegradable, made with 100% recycled material). I intend to switch to using bars of shampoo/conditioner in the near future. https://www.amazon.com/Avalon-Organics-Clarifying-Shampoo-Conditioner/dp/B00YT6VWC6/ref=sr_1_9_s_it?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1537927611&sr=1-9&keywords=avalon%2Borganics%2Bshampoo&th=1
- Diffuser (instead of candles). I do love candles and whenever I splurge on a Yankee candle I always repurpose the jar, it is the perfect place to store my cotton pads. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MR4Y0CZ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Soap (instead of face wash). As someone with acne prone skin I was obsessed with buying so called miracle face washes, foams cleansers etc. in a bid to fix my skin. Now I use koiie soap and my Foreo and I am done. https://www.amazon.com/bars-Kojie-San-Kojic-grams/dp/B00O7834FO/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1537927876&sr=1-1&keywords=kojie+soap https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XSY9612/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
- Rechargable batteries. In Korea most doors are fitted with a keypad fueled by 8 AA batteries so this saves a lot of single use batteries (from being recycled). https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Ni-MH-Battery-Charger-Port/dp/B00TOVTZ7K/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1537927986&sr=8-10&keywords=rechargable+batteries+and+charger+aa https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CWNMR5Y/ref=amb_link_1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=hero-quick-promo&pf_rd_r=F8G7EZTX8SDWWBCTJG8T&pf_rd_r=F8G7EZTX8SDWWBCTJG8T&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=cbf904d4-355f-485a-b638-3c2f1f25729d&pf_rd_p=cbf904d4-355f-485a-b638-3c2f1f25729d&pf_rd_i=B00TOVTZ7K
- Reusable straws. I bought metal straws and I keep one on my desk with my metal knife, fork and chopsticks. I use them everyday instead of wooden or plastic alternatives often thrust at me by GS25. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L0FMAUG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Showerhead. It uses less water than the previous one and it’s supposedly good for your hair! https://www.amazon.com/Negative-Filtered-Pressure-Mineral-Filtration/dp/B079RTKSVX/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1537928226&sr=8-8&keywords=shower+head+hair+loss
- Laundry ball. I switched from detergent to this ball that you throw in and so far so good. Everything smells nice and comes out clean so I am pretty pleased to have found this. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015FS72IY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I hope that this proves helpful, not only are these alternatives better for the environment but they are better for your purse in the long run. I am also a fairly frugal shopper and so many of the items I linked above I bought on sale or can be found cheaper elsewhere. For example, I buy the shampoo and conditioner in store and preferably when it is on offer. Happy shopping!